Emergency department care of seizure patients: Demographic trends in southern Arizona

Ellen Ouellette, Jenny Chong, Kendra Drake, David M. Labiner

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The aim of this study was to describe the epidemiology of epilepsy and characteristics of patients with seizures who presented at the Yuma Regional Medical Center Emergency Department (YRMC ED) from 2005 to 2008. A seizure diagnosis was present in 2.7% of the patients, and accounted for 1.7% of all ED visits. Visits by patients identified as having epilepsy accounted for 0.3% of all ED visits. Patients with seizures were 2.8 times more likely to have used the ED for 2 or more years of the study period compared with control patients. Patients with at least one ED visit because of seizures were more likely to have multiyear visits, 43.6% visiting the ED within 2 or more years. Patients with epilepsy and seizures were significantly younger than the no-seizure control group. Patients who had ever been admitted to the ED for seizures or epilepsy had higher ED utilization even if the subsequent admissions were not seizure related.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)382-386
Number of pages5
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2011


  • Demographics
  • Emergency department
  • Epilepsy
  • Insurance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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